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Just got my SSD and installed Windows 7 and started doing optimizations but I realized that I forgot to install the latest Intel RST drivers.

Can I just install them now?

Or do I have to secure erase, re-do the install, and tell it to load the F6 drivers during Windows 7 setup? And then once booted up to Windows, I install using the .exe

Thanks.
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post #2 of 6
You shouldn't need them at all. The most important thing is to update the firmware on the drive.. thats about it.

If you really want the "latest" drivers you can install them now, but I honestly notice 0 difference in benchmarks or real world over the drivers Windows 7 has.. and all it does is add more processes to the startup.
Edited by Murlocke - 4/15/11 at 4:33pm
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I see, my Mushkin drive came with the latest firmware (3.6.0).

I was under the impression that getting the latest RST drivers would make sure that TRIM functionality is there? Are there any possible performance improvements from updated RST drivers?

And lastly (I'm just kinda nit picky about having latest drivers - go and check for all the latest ones when I update just one), so if I did want to update the RST drivers even if I don't need to, I'd have to re-install Windows?
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post #4 of 6
I ran into the same situation. I had the latest Intel RST drivers on a USB drive but Win 7 wouldn't recognize the drive during installation. Anyway if I remember correctly I loaded the RST.exe after install and then checked device manager and it did show the RST controller. So try it, can't hurt anything.
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post #5 of 6
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Well, got it installed and it seems to be working from what I can tell.

Thanks and rep'd.
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Originally Posted by iDShaDoW;13142616 
I see, my Mushkin drive came with the latest firmware (3.6.0).

I was under the impression that getting the latest RST drivers would make sure that TRIM functionality is there? Are there any possible performance improvements from updated RST drivers?

And lastly (I'm just kinda nit picky about having latest drivers - go and check for all the latest ones when I update just one), so if I did want to update the RST drivers even if I don't need to, I'd have to re-install Windows?

RST drivers are useful mainly when you have 2 or more SSDs in a RAID 0 array. TRIM wouldn't work without those drivers in this case. But with only one drive you should be fine with the Win 7 drivers.
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